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Our aim is to educate one another, the university community, and the wider public about stem cell research, its therapeutic potential, and policy issues that the research raises.

This scientific inquiry promises to unlock some of nature's deepest biological secrets.  In doing so, it offers as well the possibility of providing, for the first time, effective remedies for illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injury, MS, ALS, heart disease, and many other debilitating conditions.

Many of us know someone who has such an illness, and we want them to recover, to flourish.    We recognize as well the nationwide and worldwide need for this research.  In the United States, about one million people have juvenile diabetes.  In India, about  five million suffer from this medical condition.  And that's considering only two nations, one disease!  The possible benefit of stem cell research to humanity is immense.

At the same time, we recognize the need for diligent social scrutiny and oversight of this research.   The challenge before us is to develop humane public policy in a world riven by competing political ideologies and ethical perspectives.

But such differences shouldn't obscure the values we all share.  We are confident that stem cell research will contribute to humanity's highest ideals of understanding, compassion, and service.